Nigeria has a population of over 140 million people with young people comprising 60% of the population. Her unemployment rate hovers at 60% recorded between 1989 and 1993, until date the trend has been worsening; yet three million young people graduates from the school system into labour market annually. 70 percent of those unemployed are young people, Unemployment rates fluctuated between 11.9 percent and 18 percent between 1999 and 2000.
Annually, Over 200,000 Nigerians apply for American visa, majority of who are young people, 67 million Nigerians live in abject poverty – less than $1 per day (UNDP,2004), Majority of these Nigerians are young people whose unemployment is three times higher than among older adults.
The Afterschool Peer Mentoring Project is a social enterprise with the main objective of providing growth opportunities for young people to develop their self and career aspirations. Our priority is to assist young people set goals and walk them through the processes to the achievement of such goals.We seek to inspire, educate and engage graduates of secondary schools as well as out- of -school youths in Cross River State. This engagement comprises educating them in entrepreneurship and work preparatory classes to develop businesses in tour guiding, make up, tailoring/designing, journaling, photography and ICTs keying into the state tourism sector as well as innovating ideas to solve the world’s global climate challenges.
ASPMP is dedicated towards grooming the leadership potentials of young people viz-a-viz aligning them to address the youth unemployment challenge in the country through via entrepreneurship and enterprise development programmes.
Secondary School Graduands/Graduates
Out – of- Schools Youths
With the falling standards of the career counseling in the schools, we are therefore taking these definitive years to assist young people detect and direct their energies towards their passion, therefore building a career path and or as well developing new skills.
The ASPMP is inspired by the Moremi Initiative 2010 fellowship conferred on Esther Eshiet.